The Broadway planning program is a comprehensive two-year process that encompasses 485 city blocks in between Clarke Drive and Vine Street. The Broadway Plan will guide future growth, place-based development, and public benefits within the area’s distinctive neighbourhoods: False Creek Flats, Mount Pleasant, Fairview, and Kitsilano.
On 22 October 2019, Vancouver City Council endorsed a set of Guiding Principles that will inform the multi-phase strategy:
- Support for First Nation/Urban Indigenous Reconciliation
- Foster a Robust and Diverse Economy
- Demonstrate Leadership in Sustainability and Resilience
- Support Affordable, Diverse, Equitable and Inclusive Complete Neighbourhoods
- Encourage Contextual Design
- Recognize and Enhance the Area’s Distinctive Neighbourhoods and Places
- Enhance Broadway as a Great Street
- Provide and Support Healthy Transportation Options
- Create and Enhance Parks and Public Spaces
The Guiding Principles reflect public feedback that city staff received from a comprehensive engagement process (i.e., community open houses, walkshops, stakeholder workshops, advisory committees).
The second largest job centre in BC, the Broadway Plan study area overlaps the unceded territories of the Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh First Nations. The main goal of the Broadway Plan is to support growth while optimizing opportunities created by the Broadway Subway, a tunneled extension of the Millennium Line SkyTrain along the Broadway Corridor (i.e., VCC–Clark Station to Arbutus Street). According to census data, 20% of Vancouver’s rental households and 20% of all jobs in the City of Vancouver are concentrated in the study area. Another important fact is that population growth in the Broadway Plan area increased by 20% between 2001 and 2016, 5% more than the city overall.
Phase 1 of the Broadway Plan, a listening phase, was launched in March and concluded in September 2019. A summary report is available on the City of Vancouver web page. Phase 2 of the process will feature additional public consultations and the results will be made available for further consideration in early 2020. Once an emerging set of directions has been reviewed by the public, a draft plan will be created and presented to Council at the end of 2020.
Prepared by: Grant Duckworth, VCPC Chronology Committee
Last Revised: Thursday, October 31, 2019